Is the BX1500 for me?: Kubota Review  -- Kubota Tractors Discussion Forum and Review Is the BX1500 for me?: Kubota Review -- Kubota Tractors Discussion Forum

  parts   |   manuals   |   discussion   |   photos   |   podcast   |   reviews   |   specs   |   dealers   |   classifieds   |   contact   |   faq   |   myProfile   |   home          Login Now | Sign Up


FAQ:   What is a tractor?

Forum Index
New As Posted | Active Subjects



www.emerichsales.com - New & Used Equipment
          View Tractors For Sale!


www.partsbynet.com - Lawn and Garden Equipment Parts


Bernardsville Landscape Lighting
Click to Post a New Message!

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Kubota Review Forum

Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>
Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo
 10-13-2005, 14:09 Post: 117853
John
2005-10-13 14:09:30
Post: 117853
 Is the BX1500 for me?

I am hoping to get some advice on whether the BX1500 would a good choice for me. I live on 6.5 acres of hillside with a little over an acre of it in lawn. Because of the slop I am not considering anything without a ROPS and 4wd. This combined with a budget has me turned on too the BX1500.

For the most part the tractor will be used for mowing but I have some hauling in mind also. We had the lower lot logged a year ago an I want to get down there (and back!) for firewood. Would the 1500 be able to handle a logging road, especially on the way back up pulling a cart of wood?

I also wouldn't mind adding a blade to smooth out the ruffer spots in the lawn.

Thanks in advance.
John in PA.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-13-2005, 14:48 Post: 117854
kwschumm



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Oregon
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5764

4
Filter by User
 Is the BX1500 for me?

It would be frightening to drive on the clay logging roads around here without R1 Ag tires, wet OR dry. But they will tear up your lawn. How steep is the slope?






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-13-2005, 15:35 Post: 117856
jarndt

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Northern Virginia
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 351

2
Filter by User
 Is the BX1500 for me?

My lot is quite hilly and the BX1500 with bar tires handles it well. The BX's bar tires are not really any worse on the lawn than the turfs. Engine power is not a problem. It will pull a lot more weight than it can realistically stop, but that is true for virtually any tractor. Stay within the guidelines set forth in the operator's manual, exercise a little commmon sense, and you'll be fine. A BX sounds like a great match for your needs, but you might try a B7510 just for comparison.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-13-2005, 17:35 Post: 117859
kwschumm



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Oregon
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5764

4
Filter by User
 Is the BX1500 for me?

Depends on the soil and moisture level. See my pics 5 & 6 for how badly R4s plug in our semi-moist clay. The R1's are far superior in our soil. If I still had R4's the tractor would be almost unusable in the winter months.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-13-2005, 18:53 Post: 117862
12251hd



Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: VA & OH
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 37
 Is the BX1500 for me?

We have a BX1500 with Ag tires that work fine on lawn and rough roads. It is light enough to traverse wet areas without ruts and heavy enough to not experience wheel spin. The tractor has plenty of power for the rolling hills we mow, and the ROPS are relatively low enough to get under branches. We only use for mowing, but I wouldn't hesitate to hitch a trailer for general use.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-13-2005, 19:29 Post: 117863
John
2005-10-13 00:00:00
Post: 117863
 Is the BX1500 for me?

Thanks for the input.

I was thinking that I would need Ag tires on the rear at the very least. The logging road was seeded and filled in nicely so it's not bare earth. Since one section gets pretty steep I figured that I would need the the extra traction. Would Ag's up front affect manuverablity at all?







Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-13-2005, 19:45 Post: 117864
kwschumm



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NW Oregon
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5764

4
Filter by User
 Is the BX1500 for me?

I think you'll find it's not recommended to mix tire types on 4WD. This is because the front and rear tire sizes are matched sets. You're unlikely to find front R4s or turfs that are the same O.D. as R1s, and that will mess up your axle lead ratio and could cause damage.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-14-2005, 10:11 Post: 117874
hwlewis



Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Arkansas
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 13
 Is the BX1500 for me?

I have the BX2230, but want to respond to you regarding traction. You don't need the bar tread! I have very steep areas I mow and the turf tread works like a charm. The bar tread would be better in very few applications, and on balance the turf tread overall is a better choice for what you will be doing. By the way, I pulled a 16 foot walnut log up the hill with my tractor for a mill to pick up to make lumber -- they were amazed I was able to do that. I also have a box blade and filled in 300 feet of utility line trench for a neighbor -- the turf tread would loose traction with a exra full load, but the unit performed great given the size of the tractor! Unless you are always working on unfinished pasture and soils, go with the turf tread.

Harley






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-14-2005, 10:20 Post: 117875
DRankin



View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Northern Nevada
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 5105
 Is the BX1500 for me?

I have watched this thread for a couple of days and I will jump in here. The only thing that alerts me to problems is the term "logging road".

All tractors ride rough due to the fact there is no suspension. The smaller the tires, the rougher they ride. The BX1500 has the smallest tires of any sub-CUT.

I have a rocky, lumpy lot and my BX22 was very, very uncomfortable to drive here. I was forced to crawl around at a snails pace and sometimes even slower. It was very tiring to put in even a couple of hours on it.

If your terrain is even a little bit rough I think you will be miles ahead of the game with a tractor equipped with larger tires.

My current machine came with R-4's designed for a 9000 pound skid steer, which did nothing to help the ride.

In order to make the ride manageable I replaced the rear tires with a similar size radial mud and snow SUV tire. Even then it beat the heck out of me until I reduced the pressure to 10 PSI.

The BX series is a marvelous machine for more civilized environs like extensive lawns and rolling pasture lands. For rough country I would want at least a 33 inch tall rear tire.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

 10-14-2005, 10:34 Post: 117877
DennisCTB

TP Contributor

View my Photos

View my Photos  Pics
Join Date: Nov 1998
Location: NorthWest NJ
TractorPoint Premium Member -- 5 Tractors = Very Frequent Poster
Posts: 2544
 Is the BX1500 for me?

On the tires when Ken talks about Ag tires on his much larger Deere tractor these look like traditional ag farm tires. When you are talking about Ag tires on a BX I think you are actually talking about Bar Turf tires that have about the same tread width as the the BX turfs. Both of the BX tires are low profile wide tread tires. Traditional ag tires have a narrow tread. I say this because there is a reason farm tractors have those huge rear tires, "traction". If you are looking for traction look for bigger tires. But as in most things there are work arounds. I don't think there is much difference between either of the BX tires Bar or Turf. I would think on snow the wide tread bar tires would be less useful.

If what you call a logging road is more like a smooth grassy lane, and you are not pulling whole logs, but rather just putting split stuff or small pieces in a small trailer, my advice then would be to get the turfs on the BX, then add rear tire chains if needed. If you only go down there when the grass is dry, don't overload the trailer, and use 4WD you probably won't need chains at all.

If you are going over anything that has say 6" or so modulations in it then forget the BX and get a Kubota B or Deere 41XX series.






Reply to PostReply | Quote Post Reply to PostQuote Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo




Bookmarks: Digg It | Del.icio.us | Technorati | Furl | Stumble This

Reply | Pop Up Window Reply | Add PhotoAdd Photo


Page [ 1 ] | 2 | | Next >>

Discussion Boards > Active Subjects > Messages as Posted > Kubota Review Forum

Thread 117853 Filter by Poster:
12251hd 1 | Art White 1 | DennisCTB 1 | DRankin 1 | hwlewis 1 | jarndt 2 | John 3 | kwschumm 4 |




Most Viewed

+ Kubota AT70s Rear Tine Tiller
+ Kubota HST GST Shuttle or Gear Transmission?
+ Best Boom Mower for Kubota B2710 Tractor
+ Definition of Tractor Loader Breakout force ?
+ Kubota B3200 vs. JD 2720
+ New Kubota L3240 First Look Review
+ Kubota Transmission Fluid SUDT
+ Kubota BX2230 VS kIOTI CK20HST
+ KUBOTA Tractor Trouble Free Quality
+ kubota bx25 vs john deere 2720

Most Discussion

+ How to match Truck to Trailer
+ New Kubota L3240 First Look Re
+ Kubota Number 1 in Compact Tra
+ KUBOTA Tractor Trouble Free Qu
+ Source for after market produc
+ 3-Point Quick Hitch
+ B 7100 ST - Making the Leap
+ Kubota Transmission Fluid SUDT
+ Kubota vs John Deere Compact T
+ L3130HST vs. JD4310Hydro HELP

Newest Topics

+ Kubota BX2750 Snowblower Fan Shear Pin Alignment
+ Size Kubota for Homeowner Use
+ I need some OEM Quality decals for a B7500 DT-TLB
+ Kubota 4750DT Fuel Venting
+ B1700 Hydostatic unit leaking
+ Kubota B2710 New to meadvice
+ Kubota L4330 three point hitch won t rise
+ Kubota B7200 Hydraulic leak
+ Kubota B6000 How to replace injector pump
+ Kubota L3600 3pt upgrade question













Turbochargers for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Cab Glass for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Alternators for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Radiators for Tractors and Industrial Machines

Driveline Components for Tractors and Industrial Machines
Starter Motors for Tractors and Industrial Machines